Munster head coach Johann van Graan is keeping quiet on reports that he and two of his assistants are set to extend their contracts with the province.

The South African is entering the final year of the contract he signed in April 2019, with local reports claiming he and his assistants JP Ferreira and Graham Rowntree have all been offered extensions.

Van Graan joined Munster in November 2017, replacing countryman Rassie Erasmus who departed to become Director of Rugby with the Springboks.

And on the eve of his fourth full season in charge, Van Graan says he is not interested in playing out his contract negotiations in public.

"I'm not going to speculate over the media about my contract," he told reporters from Munster's HPC in Limerick.

"Obviously I'm in the last season of my contract and all focus is on the season ahead. We’ve got a game ahead and I'm really enjoying my time at Munster, really enjoying the club and just focused on the week ahead.

"I’m not going to speculate any further. Like I said, when the time is right for contract talks they will take place in the background. My job as well as the coaches and the players is to focus on the first game of a really exciting season ahead," he added.

Munster's four previous domestic campaigns have all been ended by Leinster, with three semi-final defeats to their neighbours, followed by their limp Pro14 final showing in March.

On the European front, Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals in 2018 and 2019 were followed by pool stage elimination in 2020 and a last-16 defeat to Toulouse in April of this year.

Van Graan says breaking the glass ceiling and ending Munster's decade-long wait for silverware is within their reach this season, pointing to their overall record in the most recent campaign.

"I've been here a few years, an experience that I've enjoyed and we have a lot of stability currently at Munster, something that we haven't had for a while," he said.

"If we look back at last season we won 80% of our games, we won 10 out of 12 away games and 10 out of 13 games away from home.

"The disappointing thing was losing to Leinster in that (Pro14) final, and it will take some doing to get into a final again.

"We lost to Toulouse, the eventual champions, in the Champions Cup. For us if we can get to that 80% mark again, which if you look at world sport is a pretty good achievement, I guess the next step for us is to go and win a final.

"But that’s a long way from our minds, it's only about round one in the URC and the Champions Cup will follow on in December."

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